Assisted dying legislation a cause for some concerns

While pursuing my master of laws at Oxford, I wrote my thesis on section 7 of our Charter, with specific reference to assisted dying. On May 2, I had the opportunity to rise in the House of Commons, and debate the government’s legislation on the topic. As I said in the House, “We may have […]

National drug policy must follow the evidence

In February, I represented Canada at a United Nations parliamentary hearing in New York on the global response to the world’s drug problem. It was a timely topic leading into a further UN hearing this month, at which global drug conventions will be debated, and hopefully revisited. I participated in a debate alongside Senator Laura […]

Time to put patients first in Ontario

After a year of cuts to health care, patients and doctors are seeing the system deteriorate. It has been more than a year since the government began cutting funding for physician services, and patients have yet to see any of the improvements to health care as promised by the Ministry of Health. Last January the […]

A tribute to the wonder of Winter Stations

Winter Stations bring an excitement back to the wintry beach. If you haven’t had a chance to saunter down to the water and enjoy this year’s art installations along the water, you have two more weeks to do so! After taking part in the Winnipeg Warming Huts design competition a few years ago, Roland Rom […]

Working on the future of healthcare in Ontario

While knocking on doors during the 2014 election, I quickly learned that healthcare was a key concern in Beaches-East York. Toronto East General Hospital was scheduled for expansion, but provincial funding was jeopardized by the election. Residents did not want to see the loss of a much-needed renewal that would help TEGH modernize and better […]

BIA looks at the year that was and the year ahead

The Beach Village BIA represents more than 300 businesses and service professionals. 2015 saw progress with its initiatives including community events, streetscaping and member promotion, all in the spirit of “bringing more feet to Queen Street.” Streetscaping is a significant component of a pedestrian-friendly, accessible, vibrant neighbourhood. The BIA street audit helped prioritize 2016 initiatives […]

Volunteerism starts with a simple question

During the holidays many of us make time to help those in need in our community.  While more people volunteer around Christmas, Chanukah and New Year’s than any other time, the needs of our vulnerable citizens continue throughout the year. At Community Centre 55’s Share A Christmas, hundreds of people gave their time, energy and […]